The Hierophant (V) Tarot Card

The Hierophant (V) Tarot Card
Tarot Card Meanings: Tarot Reading And Understanding The Hierophant Tarot Card

The Hierophant is the wise teacher forever reminding us that there is more to life than our everyday mundane routines. He inspires us to investigate the world around us. He represents God on earth and is associated with the number five. The number five relates to progressiveness, mental inspiration, adjustment and exploration. The Hierophant is the bridge between our outer perceptions and our inner world of spirit. He is there to offer his wisdom and can be an adviser of truth. In essence, he represents man’s search for meaning.

In a tarot reading, the Hierophant represents a code of ethics. He dictates what is the acceptable behavior within the structure of our society. He is the card of social order. He often represents tradition and his teachings are usually based in his desire for practicality and sensibility. Should you find the Hierophant in your tarot spread, he urges you to be humble and respectful. The Hierophant's tarot card meaning reminds us to not lose touch with the significance of spirituality. Ultimately he is there to question the morals you are living by. He may ask, “Is this who you want to be”?

One of the negative tarot card meanings associated with the Hierophant can be his rigidity and intolerance. He tends to expect others to see things his way. He feels it is his obligation to correct people’s behaviors according to what he feels is acceptable. He can be cold and insensitive.

Upright Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

In its upright position, the Hierophant encourages us to find freedom through knowledge and exploration. He may indicate that it is a good time for you to seek counsel from someone that is more experienced. You may be longing for structured spirituality, perhaps in the form of religious services. This might be a time where you are in the process of finding meaning for your life and you may be questioning you own behavior. You may be invited to a religious ceremony such as a wedding or bar mitzvah. A professional may offer you advice. In a tarot reading, the Hierophant encourages you to look within and explore your truths. You may need to adopt a more conventional way of thinking.

  • Traditional values
  • Spiritual advisor
  • Teaching
  • Religious ceremony
  • Spiritual growth

Reversed Hierophant Tarot Card Meanings In A Tarot Reading

When the Hierophant comes up reversed in a tarot reading, it may suggest that there has been a misrepresentation of the truth. You may be getting bad advice and you or someone else is withholding information to gain authority. Perhaps your thinking is too fixated. Being stubborn can be a great handicap. There may be areas in your life that require some adjustments. Your thinking is too conventional. Your ideas need to be original and creative. Think outside of the box. You’re overly concerned with the material.

The Hierophant reversed also has some positive attributes depending on what flanks the Hierophant in a tarot spread. The Hierophant can remind you that you can achieve freedom by allowing yourself to be adventurous. This is a time to expose your true self. It is o.k. to be different. Traditional wisdom is not serving you at this time. Let yourself be unconventional.

  • Dogmatic opinions
  • Untruths
  • Conformity
  • The need to be unconventional
  • Obsessive-compulsive thinking
  • Fanaticism

Note, for more about The Hierophant Card, see our Tarot Astrology, Tarot Symbolism and Love Tarot sections.

© 2010 All Rights Reserved. Images of individual tarot cards are from the Aquatic Tarot Deck created by Andreas Schröter and are used for example purposes only with his permission.


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